23 Nov 2012 09:00
Eastleigh was founded in 1921. The colonial government allocated Nairobi's residential estates by race, and Eastleigh was pointed for Asians and elite Africans who worked as clerks, builders or shoemakers. Eastleigh was originally a large Kenyan Asian enclave until independence in 1963. Now Eastleigh is almost entirely inhabited by Somalis, except for a few indigenous residents. Somalis have invested heavily in the enclave, contributing over $1.5 billion in the neighborhood alone.
Eastleigh has seen many changes during the last year: first improvement of the situation in Somalia has given the chance for some Somalis to move back to Mogadishu followed by several terrorist attacks in late 2012 and lately the attack on the Westgate mall.
The attack on Westgate Mall on 21 of September has changed the situation in Eastleigh:
Shafici Mohamed Deq, Eastleigh resident, said the the main issues is now going around the failure of the Kenyan security agencies and their involvement, the Somali community is not that much in focus, and have no much worries except the Kenyan police use it as took to take bribe from illegal immigrants in Eastleigh.